GROUCH BAG, MY COMIC NOVEL FOR MIDDLE-GRADE AND HIGH-SCHOOL READERS, IS NOW AVAILABLE!
I am thrilled to report that after two and a half years of living in the trenches with the Marx Brothers and the tenets of novel-writing (both slippery characters in their own rights), I have brought GROUCH BAG to market. It is now available in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon.com.
GROUCH BAG is the story of how 12-year old Josh Markowitz, the funniest kid at Patton Middle School in McMinnville, Oregon, is sent back in time to 1908 to convince the youthful Marx Brothers to turn to comedy. At the time, long before they got their famous nicknames, Julius, Adolph and Leonard Marx were singers working the vaudeville circuit, and performing comedy was just a dream for them. Their stage mother Minnie, who managed the boys and worked tirelessly to get them bookings, was resistant to them changing their act from singing to comedy. So I figured they needed a boost from the future. Aided by an ageless clown named Slivers -- who is based on the real-life Frank "Slivers" Oakley, the most famous clown in America at the turn of the previous century -- Josh endures the street life and chaos of 1908 New York City, including being Shanghaied to work in an upstate textile factory, in order to convince the youthful brothers to trust their comedic instincts.
The book is dedicated to my dear friend Sam Gladstein, with love and appreciation.
Enjoy GROUCH BAG!
MAKING IT IN SHOWBIZ is the subject of a fun article in the September issue of the Alaska Airlines Magazine, where I profiled four young actors who beat the odds to break into the business. (Scroll to page 54 on the digital issue).
Coming up for Alaska and Horizon Airlines Magazines are several fun stories, including a GUIDE TO PORTLANDIA (Horizon's October issue), ODE TO MY OAK TREE (also in Horizon's October issue), PROFILES OF CREATIVE THINKERS (Alaska's November issue) and MY FATHER'S FAVORITE THANKSGIVING (Horizon's November issue).
PDX'S PASSION FOR FOOD, a feature in the June issue of Alaska Beyond, the magazine of Alaska Airlines. (Scroll to p. 70 in the link) What a fun story to research, as I ate my way around town and interviewed terrific chefs like Vitaly Paley (who I surprised by bringing him a jian bing street crepe), Cathy Whims and Gabriel Rucker.
Also researching new stories for Oregon Wine Press, including an account of a recent trip to Walla Walla to attend that town's third annual wine festival. Look for it in the August issue of OWP.
"I don't want to be attractive. I want to be ravishing. I want the women to line up and leap into my arms, stroke my long hair, and ask me things about my pecs. In short, I want to be...Fabio!" -- I'm Ver' Ready, Premiere Magazine, October 1994
"We forgot to bring pot holders because it had never been our experience that food actually got hot -- or even vaguely warm -- when we camped." -- Roughing It, Horizon Airlines Magazine, June 2013
"Long before he built his Tuscan-style winery in Carlton, and before he lost the winery in a series of practically Biblical events, Gino Cuneo was struck by inspiration one night while lying in bed with his wife, Pam. It was 1990..." -- Crushed, Portland Monthly, May 2009
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"I salute you for giving your son a love of baseball. There is no nobler thing a dad can do." -- Bill Bryson, best-selling author of At Home and A Walk in the Woods, on TRADING MANNY
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